Happy Wednesday friends! While I am driving the long (and non-winding, really flat) road to Minnesota for an epic wedding weekend, my friend Brett has graciously offered to take over the blog for the day to share an exciting new project he is raising money for! If you don’t remember Brett, check out his first, second OR third guest posts. He’s my friend. He’s fabulous. And most importantly, he’s fantastically giving. Please help him out if you can!
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Hello Everythingtarians! It has been so long since we last chatted.
A lot of change has happened in my life as of late. Most notably, I moved about two hours north of Madison to start a new career. I am grateful for the opportunity and love it so far. Also, I get to live in the same city as Holly’s parents! I am so happy to get to hang out with Mama E every once in a while and see Holly when she comes home to see the ‘rents.
While many things have changed, some things will always stay the same.
For example, my ability to seek out the best breweries in town hasn’t gone away.
Bull Falls Brewery is a local micro brewery here in town. It is phenomenal. I was introduced to this place the first day I arrived in town. The beer is amazing – full of flavor and smooth as can be (limit yourself to just two however, or you might be on your butt).
I frequent the Tap Room every chance I get. I brought my family when they came up for St. Patty’s Day. It is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and they all come for the good beer. They only have Bull Fall’s beer on tap and do not serve anything else. Classic.
If anyone is ever in town, let me know. The first tap is on me!
I have truly settled into my new home. I joined the Optimists (a volunteer organization that focuses on scholarships for kids), am a new volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (I was just assigned a little brother, who I think will be a great match) and have applied to be part of the Laotian People to People Project Board of Directors (more on this in a future guest post).
I have made amazing new friends…
…and have been able to stay connected with amazing old ones!
All in all, I am busy with work, friends and volunteering, and I can truly say I am happy.
You might remember last year, when Holly and I did the Madison ½ Marathon…
That was last summer’s challenge. This summer, I am embarking on a new and even more difficult challenge, and I need your help!!
I will be riding 300 miles in 4 days as part of
AIDS Network’s 2011 ACT Bike Ride!
AIDS Network is an organization based in Madison that does HIV prevention all over Wisconsin. They also serve as a lifeline to services for men and woman living with HIV/AIDS, connecting them to medical care, life-saving prescription drugs, mental health treatment and support groups for individuals and families whose lives are touched by HIV/AIDS. The also house a dental clinic for HIV+ people to receive the dental care they are sometimes denied at private clinics.
For the last 9 years, AIDS Network has relied on this bike ride as the biggest fundraiser of the year. The goal is $300,000. Last year, I volunteered to support the riders, and this year, I will ride the 300 miles.
I have committed to raising $1,600 for the Network and am asking you for your help.
All donations are tax deductible (obvs).
On the Saturday of the ride, I will bike over 100 miles in one day. This is called the Century Day – it symbolizes how difficult it is for people to live with HIV/AIDS. It represents the shame they carry, the uncertainty they have about their health – like a weight on their shoulders. You and I – together – can take a few pounds of anguish off them – me by riding and you by donating.
Visit the link HERE.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
I look forward to updating all of you from the ride!